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Monday, June 04, 2007


Music by Mark Isham
Lakeshore Records LKS 339192 (EU)
16 Tracks 46:43 mins

The great news is that Colosseum now are distributing Lakeshore Records releases in Europe and the first disc to come my way is for this sci-fi thriller starring Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel, which has a score by Mark Isham that has been hated by some critics and absolutely loved by at least one. I fall somewhere in the middle. It's not the greatest of recent scores, but is certainly a lot better than some I have heard.
The action cues in particular stand out. They are strident and propulsive, with strong string writing and are often quite percussive. Supernatural elements are given an almost ethereal treatment, with piano prominent, and there are some brief moments of romance and tragedy. Along the way there is a good deal of tension and suspense, but often these develop into something more exciting.
All in all then, an accomplished effort by a composer who has developed into a more than capable all-rounder from his jazzy beginnings.


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